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White believes Meyer will revert to type

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Sportal.co.nz     31 Aug 2012     Getty Images

South African newspaper Die Burger reported White's comments at a fundraising function in Kempton Park.

White felt Meyer was reflecting his long time spent with the Bulls in Super and Currie Cup rugby in his coaching style. However, White added that Meyer would always face criticism because of the time he spent with the Bulls and because of that it was inevitable that experience would be reflected in his coaching of the Springboks.

"Heyneke's coaching style is not a style that will help the Boks to win," White said.

"If you can't score at least four tries against Argentina, then there is a big problem."

The Bulls association would mean that the more pressure Meyer felt, the more he would revert to what worked with the Bulls.

"If, for example, he must choose between Gio Aplon and Zane Kirchner, he will choose Kirchner," White said.

Meanwhile, Springbok captain Jean de Villiers said the side had to step up after their draw with Argentina when they faced Australia in Perth next week.

"We need to learn from our experiences, and we're growing as a team, but you can't keep making the same mistakes," de Villiers said.

"By Saturday next week we will know if we've stepped up or not. We're building as a team. Our discipline needs to improve, our execution, and our set-phases have taken a step backward," he said.

De Villiers was looking for a 40 percent improvement although he said margins were very small in Test rugby.

"We believe we were a better team than how we played on Saturday. Even thought there has been a lot of criticism of our attacking play, I thought that was actually quite good," he said.

De Villiers said he believed in Meyer as coach and while there had been criticism of his game plan he believed it was the players who should be questioned for failing to execute the game plan.

"It's a new coach trying to get a message and game play across to the team. We will all stand up for what we believe in. We believe in the coach and what we're doing is right," he said.